Practices for Better Mental Health

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Although we as humans have it better in many ways than ever before in recorded history, many of these changes have resulted in stress, depression, and anxiety for many of us. The usual solution that is recommended is to go to expensive therapy sessions and take medications. Many people attempt to medicate themselves with alcohol and narcotics.

What can you do for a better mental health

Here’s a news flash: you do not require any of that. There are many natural ways in which to handle stress and depression without resorting to substances or seeing a therapist. These methods are usually low-cost or no-cost, and by embracing these practices, you’ll find yourself to be a more effective person. The following guide from The Scientific Triangle can help you get started on the road to better mental health.

Practices for better mental health

Emotional Self-Regulation

This is a very handy tool recommended by mental health professionals and spiritualists alike.  Emotional Self-Regulation (ESR) is simple, yet can be very challenging in the beginning.  It is as simple as reaching for better-feeling thoughts when observing something unpleasant or upsetting.

The process begins with journaling and learning to appreciate and focus on the positive things in your immediate environment. This may take several weeks, but eventually, you begin to notice things all around you that feel better. People who have done this report not only improved mental health but improved relationships with others as well.

Getting Organized

Nothing saps our will, energy, and concentration more than clutter and disorder. It can breed negativity in your home, robbing your sanctuary of its comfort and coziness. Sometimes, it’s so overwhelming that it simply becomes easier to live with it. Fortunately, there is no dearth of organizing ideas available on the World Wide Web. One of the most difficult aspects of decluttering, however, is deciding what goes and what stays. Common wisdom dictates that if you have something that you have not used or even looked at in a year or more, it’s time to get rid of it. Options include recycling, upcycling, repurposing, and donation if you don’t feel good about throwing it in a landfill.

Ending the Commute

Despite sky-high fuel costs, rush hour traffic, and harried, busy commutes continue to be a fact of life for most people.  There is practically no greater source of stress than a rush-hour commute if national figures on road rage are any indication.  

The rise in remote work due to COVID has provided relief to millions on this score. If you have this option, take it. Not only will you be spared the grind of fighting traffic twice a day, but you’ll also have more time to practice self-care, which is vital for any mental health regimen. Overall, you’ll discover that you simply have more time to keep your life moving at a slower, more leisurely pace.

Starting a Nonprofit

By devoting your time and energy to a cause you care about, you can gain a sense of purpose that can help to relieve feelings of depression or frustration. Furthermore, being part of a nonprofit community provides valuable opportunities for social interaction, which can further boost your mood and reduce feelings of isolation. Keep in mind that if you form a nonprofit corporation, it’ll simplify the process of applying for grants and getting public funding.

Animal Companions

The therapeutic benefits of owning a pet are well established and recognized by the mental health community. You can even have your pet officially designated as a therapy companion animal by obtaining a letter from your mental health professional, which, as TherapyPet.org notes, will enable you to deduct care expenses on your annual tax return and allow you to keep a pet with you in circumstances where they normally aren’t allowed.

Expressing Yourself

Psychology Today points out that art therapy is often an excellent method for working through difficult emotions and other mental health issues. Today’s technology offers more options than ever, and you do not need expensive (and potentially messy) art supplies in order to get started.

A mental health improvement program does not need to be complicated or expensive. Simply focus on the small things and follow some of the tips outlined above like organizing, expressing yourself, and starting a nonprofit, and you will soon enjoy a better outlook.

Julia Mitchell
Julia Mitchell

Always on the clock. Side hustler. Loves an ‘80s-inspired power suit
Julia knew from a young age she wanted to have a career that made her excited to wake up every day. Now in a top-level position with a financial services firm, she’s got her dream job alongside multiple side-income entrepreneurial ventures.

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